Flood prevention work to get underway in Norton

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WORK to create a new culvert and a storm water pool on Stourbridge Golf Club is due to get underway soon to help cut the risk of flooding for people living nearby.

Dudley Council will carry out the work after the local authority successfully secured £150,000 from the government’s Flood Recovery Grant.

Set to take place from October to December - the project will involve construction of a new replacement culvert through the back gardens of 25 homes in Lea Vale Road, Norton, which have been hit by, or are considered at high risk of, flooding.

A flood water retention pool will also be created at Stourbridge Golf Club to hold water back during extreme storms.

The work has been commissioned after gardens in Lea Vale Road were left underwater following severe downpours in December 2013 and January 2014.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, Dudley's cabinet member for transportation, said: “Approximately 45 properties in this area of Stourbridge have been flooded or are at a high risk of flooding until this essential work is carried out. I am delighted the council has been successful in securing the funding and we are grateful to the residents who have been fantastic in helping to agree the best solution to resolve the issue.

“We will continue to seek other funding streams through central government so we are in a position to carry out works at any other high flood-risk areas in the borough in the future.”

Proposals for the work were supported by the golf club, residents and the trustees of Old Swinford Hospital School - owners of a major part of the land - after Dudley Council carried out consultations earlier this year.

Preliminary work to create the flood pool is set to start at the golf club in mid-September.

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